Just an excellent event yesterday in San Diego at the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. Our launch and the presentation of the State of the Border Report were attended by over 70 people, and the feedback we received from the Mexican and Canadian Consulates and the stakeholders in the room on the report was very, very high quality. Indeed, the San Diego/Tijuana region stands out for its large, sophisticated group of binational stakeholders in numerous issue areas. Mexican Consul General María de los Remedios Gómez Arnau specifically mentioned the Cali-Baja Megaregion Initiative as an economic development model worthy of analysis in our next State of the Border Report. In addition, we think it is often a good idea to include perspectives on the U.S.-Canada bilateral relationship when talking about the U.S.-Mexico border. So Canadian Consul and Trade Commissioner Lisa Stockley’s comments on the enormous U.S.-Canada bilateral economic relationship were particularly on point for the report, which emphasizes the sheer enormity of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship, now at over a half trillion dollars a year.
Suggestions from the group for additions to future iterations of the report include a closer look at border deaths; a larger North American frame; a close look at health issues that affect the border region; a discussion of data differences between U.S. and Mexico; an analysis of border innovation clusters; and a look at border region newcomers and efforts to integrate these newcomers.